March is upon us—which means it’s time to retire from hibernation-mode, draw back the curtains, and get out to some of the big things happening at CODA this month.
Jump straight into the party mood when local house hero, Deko-ze, celebrates his birthday on March 10. The disco-loving showman kicks off the night with support from his own imprint, Jungle Funk Recordings in the form of guests Jay Frog, Ticky TY, Josh Karmin, and more.
Next, techno’s eight-armed-monster, Octopus Recordings, takes over Coda on March 11 with label reps Sian and Technasia. Noted for their especially inky sound, Octopus thrives on the principle that music should be daring, diverse, and most importantly, never dull. Purchase tickets here.
On March 17, Italian prodigy, Luigi Madonna, lands in Toronto to show off his mind-bending deck skills. Entering the scene at just 14-years-old, Madonna has gone on to release tracks with such big-time labels as Material Series, Drumcode, and Plus 8. Now barely in his mid-20s, Madonna enters CODA with both experience and a new-age take on techno. Purchase tickets here.
The following night is guaranteed to be slammed when one of electronic music’s biggest figures, Ricardo Villalobos, graces the stage on March 18. Villalobos’ live-sets are legend among house and techno crowds, likely because he plays and producers music which interacts with listeners on an emotional level. Purchase tickets here.
On March 24, Toronto promotion company, Ozmozis, makes its CODA hosting-debut with progressive favorites Henry Saiz and Brain Cid. Pulling from indie, techno, electronica, and deep house—Henry Saiz’s style is difficult to describe, but easy to enjoy. It can be said, however, that Saiz’s melodies exist in cohesion with the dreamlike sounds of Brian Cid. Purchase tickets here.
The weekend after on March 25, Coda switches gears for the 7th Annual Bassweek by putting on a dub-heavy show with Hospital Records and Camo & Krooked. A platform synonymous with success in the DnB game, Hospital Records is one of Britain’s leading distributors of bass music. Working with the label since 2010, Camo & Krooked have the ability to combine sultry, melodic vocals with pounding and intense basslines. Purchase tickets here.
Wrapping things up on March 31 is one-woman army and unmistakable DJ-silhouette, Nicole Moudaber. Running her own label (Mood Records), hosting a weekly radio show (In the MOOD), and touring on a relentless international schedule, Moudaber defines what it means to be fiercely dedicated to music. Her sound is deep, menacing, and of course, moody. Purchase tickets here.
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